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<p>Kid Rock in &quot;Care&quot;</p>

Kid Rock in "Care"

Watch: Kid Rock's video for 'Care'

Will the clip spur you to move from caring to action?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Kid Rock has released the video for “Care,” reminding us to think of others.

Mark Pellington, best known for video for Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy,” directed the clip, which also features T.I. and Pistol Annie’s “Angaleena Presley. The black & white clip opens with voice overs of people talking about what they care about. It then gives way to an acoustic performance by Kid Rock interspersed with shots of  every-day, common folks looking concerned  (videos love to do that).  As the video progresses, many of them assemble behind Kid Rock and paint the words of what they care about on a brick wall.  The message is that none of us can “walk on water” or “stop the war,” but we can all care (and hopefully move caring into action).

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<p>A scene from Georges M&eacute;li&egrave;s's &quot;A&nbsp;Trip to the Moon&quot;</p>

A scene from Georges Méliès's "A Trip to the Moon"

Credit: Georges Méliès

Technicolor and Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' restore the magic of Méliès

Artists reflect on the impact of the French filmmaker's contribution to cinema

A rather landmark date seemed to come and go less than a month ago with hardly a whisper of its significance: October 26, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the first motion picture ever filmed in Hollywood.

The production took place in the orchards covering the estate of H.J. Whitely, the real estate developer who helped create Hollywood and fashion it with an industry of its own in the early part of the 20th Century. He landed the moniker "the Father of Hollywood" for his efforts. Whitely had convinced David Horsley -- an English-born pioneer of the cinema who, along with his brother, William, had essentially been run out of New Jersey by Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents Company trust -- to run the film test on his property and to lease the Blondeau Tavern at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gower Street in the heart of what is now Hollywood to develop it.

The town's first film laboratory was born the next day in that very space, one soon enough acquired by Universal Studios. And today, maybe fifty paces from those earliest beginnings of the Southern California film industry, Technicolor's shiny new offices occupy prime real estate with a mind to saving the history of cinema for posterity.

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<p>Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell of &quot;Suburgatory&quot;</p>
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Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell of "Suburgatory"

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HitFix Interview: Ana Gasteyer talks 'Suburgatory'

Wednesday's Thanksgiving episode showcases the 'SNL' veteran's Sheila
Ana Gasteyer called me on Tuesday afternoon after ducking into a New York City Starbucks to escape the rain. She'd just placed her order when we began our conversation and as we ended the interview 15 minutes later, she was still waiting for her beverage.
 
That's exactly the sort inconvenience that would annoy so many of Gasteyer's marvelously high-strung characters over the years, vivid creations like her "SNL" Martha Stewart or her "In your opinion..." judge on "The Good Wife."
 
To her credit, Gasteyer doesn't seem at all flustered by her delayed order, as we discuss her newest character, "Suburgatory" neighborhood autocrat Sheila Shay. The actress has been newly elevated to cast regular status on the hit ABC freshman comedy and Wednesday (Nov. 23) night's Thanksgiving episode is the biggest showcase yet for Sheila and her family. Rest assured that Sheila isn't the kind of woman to take kindly to a Starbucks slight.
 
While she was waiting for that elusive beverage, Gasteyer and I discussed what makes Sheila tick, why George (Jeremy Sisto) and Tessa (Jane Levy) are threats to her sense of order, working with long-time collaborator Chris Parnell and her own Thanksgiving favorites.
 
Click through for the full Q&A.
 
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A musical scene from "The Muppets"
A musical scene from "The Muppets"
Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

On the sound of 'The Muppets'

Bringing the musical to life behind the scenes

It's been a while since I linked a SoundWorks Collection profile. That needs to be remedied.

It's a pretty varied and fun week at the theaters this holiday weekend, with "Hugo" and "The Artist" making their way to theaters. But if you were to ask me what's worth seeing, I'd double down on "The Muppets" in a heartbeat.

The film is a nostalgia fest built into a massive musical with plenty of tunes in the mix. Naturally, then, it's worth considering the sound elements on the film. Gerard was smart to mention it in a recent Tech Support column dedicated to the Best Sound Mixing category. And I'm happy to see that the SoundWorks Collection has dedicated a profile to that work on the film, featuring interviews with mixer Kevin O'Connell and supervising sound editors Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack, among others. Have a look (and listen) below.

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Now that "Hugo" is in theaters, give us your take!
Now that "Hugo" is in theaters, give us your take!
Credit: Paramount Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Hugo'

The film hits theaters today

The more I spin away from Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," the more I want to see it again. I still think, as I did when I first wrote about it, that the first half is structured in a way that doesn't embellish the mystery so much as stagnate the narrative, but I'm in love with Ben Kingsley's performance and the final half hour, which is dedicated to Scorsese's passion for the cinema. Meanwhile Guy has posted a new list dedicated to the crafts of the director's films (though I'm shocked the art direction of "Hugo" missed). The film opens today and all this hot air can finally give way to your thoughts on it, so head on back here and offer them when you get around to seeing it. (And check back later today for a big interview piece pegged to the film that will hopefully delight the cinema geek in everyone.)

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Taking questions for 11/25 Oscar Talk

Offer up your burning queries

Alright, you know the drill. Rifle off your need-to-knows and we'll address as many as we can in Friday's podcast (which, remember, will be later in the day on Friday). I imagine we'll be talking about "The Iron Lady," the doc short list, things of that nature.

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<p>Jabbar (Tyree Brown)&nbsp;feels sad on &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Jabbar (Tyree Brown) feels sad on "Parenthood."

Credit: NBC

'Parenthood' - 'Mr. Honesty': Stupid is as stupid does

Lots of dumb actions and storylines to go around this week

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I picture our birth father stripping...

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<p>J.J.&nbsp;Abrams on the set of &quot;Super 8&quot;</p>

J.J. Abrams on the set of "Super 8"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Oscarweb Round-up: Bringing the 'Super 8' train back around for another whiff

Also: Jim Henson's Muppet legacy and a free-for-all campaign party season

With a DVD/Blu-ray release imminent, Paramount is milking the "Super 8" comeback train while splitting focus with other awards contenders already in the mix. It's always tough to bring the conversation back around on a movie, especially on a summer entertainment hoping to be something more in the eyes of voters. One move was a big screening and reception at the Academy last night in honor of the release, part and parcel of a campaign party free-for-all this season. Director J.J. Abrams recently sat down with Geoff Boucher to talk about the big lessons of small budgets (conservative spending being a particular narrative on that film all year). [Hero Complex]

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<p>A scene from Martin Scorsese's &quot;Gangs of New York.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

A scene from Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York." 

Credit: Miramax Films

The Lists: Top 10 craft contributions to Martin Scorsese films

With the dazzling 'Hugo' hitting screens, we celebrate the technical wonders of Scorsese's cinema

I sat down to watch Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” last night with little idea of what to expect but one thing: that the screen would be awash with some of the finest, most inventive technical artistry that money (or, indeed, imagination) can buy. I was not disappointed: while I’m still sorting out my thoughts on the film as a feat of storytelling, there’s little denying that it’s one of the year’s most lustrous craft showcases, rendered in genuinely eye-popping 3D and buttressing the cinematic valentine it writes to pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès with its own arsenal of visual wonders.

Such expertise is now par for the course with Scorsese, whatever the film: I was cool on “Shutter Island” last year, but still delighted in his own delight in the filmmaking tools at his disposal – even less obviously extravagant works like “The Departed” or “Taxi Driver” are fat with aesthetic and sensory detail. That’s partly down to the director’s own genius, and partly down to the intimate collaborations he fosters with masters of their own craft: to love Scorsese is to love editor Thelma Schoonmaker, designer Dante Ferretti, DPs Michael Ballhaus and Robert Richardson, and so many more who have become part and parcel of the man’s auteur identity.

So Scorsese seemed as ideal a candidate as any for one of our occasional craft-themed lists – here, I’ve selected the 10 below-the-line contributions to his films, ranging from cinematography to sound to production design, that have most amazed me over the years. 

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<p>Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in &quot;My Week with Marilyn.&quot;</p>

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Speed dating with Michelle Williams over 'My Week with Marilyn'

Short and very sweet

Michelle Williams doesn't have much time.  I mean, she really doesn't have much time. The two-time Academy Award nominated actress landed in Los Angeles just a few hours ago and now has only one hour, yes, just one hour to do interviews with a slew of waiting reporters at the always bustling Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.  it won't be long before Williams has to walk the red carpet at the premiere of "My Week with Marilyn" at AFI Fest that evening and when her people say she only has an hour they aren't kidding.  My specific warning before sitting down with the best actress contender: Just two questions with the always charming Ms. Williams.  Eke. I better make them good.  

Needless to say, it was a much different story a year ago when I sat down for a much longer and more intimate chat regarding her acclaimed work in "Blue Valentine." But with Williams still busy filming Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" with James Franco, the luxury of an in-depth conversation about her turn portraying the iconic Marilyn Monroe isn't going to happen (for anyone). When I first sat down across from a beaming Williams, she asked me, "Are you ready to speed date?"  I'm not sure if I passed the test, but it was a cheerful 2 1/2 minutes I likely won't forget.

To find out Williams thoughts about playing one of her childhood icons and the agony of "over thinking" a role watch the interview embedded above.  Oh, and note for all you Hollywood producers and directors out there who are likely to be blown away by Ms. Williams singing talents in "Marilyn," she'd love to appear in a movie musical.  Really.

For more on Williams transformation as Monroe, check out an intriguing look at the actress getting into character on set and during a special photo shoot for photographer Brigitte Lacombe.

"My Week with Marilyn" is now playing in limited release across the country.

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<p>Michael Fassbender as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg's &quot;A Dangerous Method.&quot;</p>

Michael Fassbender as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method."

Credit: Sony Classics

Keira Knightley brings the hysterical to 'A Dangerous Method' (and she isn't being funny people)

A Q&A with the former Oscar nominee

TORONTO - In the midst of a busy Toronto Film Festival, I found myself racing to the Fairmont Royal Oak Hotel.  One particular actress was in town for only a few more hours and this was a rare opportunity for a sit down one on one with her.  The star in question was none other than Keira Knightley, the former "Pirates of the Caribbean" star who has spent the last four years running from blockbusters and, instead, gaining respect with stellar performances in films such as "Atonement," the underrated "The Edge of Love," "Never Let Me Go," the also underrated "Last Night" and "The Duchess."  This fall she's delivered a career best turn in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method."

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<p>Howie Mandel</p>
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Howie Mandel

Watch: Howie Mandel talks FOX's 'Mobbed'

Does the germ-phobic host have a favorite fist-bump?
What better way to celebrate a holiday eve than with a special about people celebrating major life moments with the help of flash mob performances?
 
That's the way FOX is thinking, scheduling Howie Mandel's "Mobbed" for Wednesday (November 23) night, airing after a double-elimination episode of "The X Factor."
 
"Mobbed" has a solid history following FOX musical talent shows, premiering as a one-off last March after an "American Idol" hour. That special retained the "Idol" audience so solidly that FOX ordered more "Mobbed" just days later.
 
In September, I sat down with Mandel, "Mobbed" host and executive producer, to talk about the flash mob phenomenon, what sort of announcements work best in this format and whether or not the famously germ-averse star has any favorite styles of fist-bump.
 
Check out the interview. 
 
 
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